The Maryland legislature considered a proposal that would have outlawed smoking in a car with a child under eight years of age.
Such measures raise a number of questions and observations.
Firstly, why is it acceptable to smoke in a vehicle with an 8 year old child but wrong to do so around a seven and a half year old?
Secondly, if you can’t smoke around children in a car, who is to say what other legal and decent activities you will eventually be forbidden from enjoying in the presence of minors?
In order to indoctrinate children as sufficiently communal, what is then to prevent the state from forbidding the playing of political talk radio in the presence of anyone under the age of 18?
To ensure that children are indoctrinated to make what Frau Obama considers to be appropriate nutritional selections, what is to prevent legislation that would forbid the consumption of fast food in the presence of minors?
Thirdly, does this mean parents would be required to have an official ID to prove the ages of their children.
Because do seven and eight year olds really look all that different?
If so, why is this appropriate but not requiring adults to show photo ID’s when voting?
For is not the health of a constitutional democratic republic as delicate as that of a young child?
By Frederick Meekins